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Psychotherapy and Counselling are both 'talking' therapies. My job is to listen carefully to your difficulties, then help you to clarify your problems in order to find your own solutions. Counselling is distinguished from Psychotherapy only in regard to how long it takes for you to be happy with your progress and process. As sometimes everything feels worse before it gets better, most people attend for at least 6 sessions weekly, to see if this type of relationship is helpful. Once you feel secure, you may wish to look more deeply at the possible origins and conscious and unconscious outcomes of your behaviour. Having clarified what the issues are, you are then in a better position to change your behaviour or your situation.
Most of my working life in the past 30 years has involved listening to and comforting people in distress. I have encountered much mental illness and despair, some people may have minor difficulties but others paralysing depression and suicidal feelings. Psychotherapy and counselling harnesses the inner resources of the client to resolve their own problems. My
long and varied experience comes in helping people to help themselves. It is important to be able to articulate your worries. Naming and identifiying your feelings and triggers to sadness is the first step to healing them. I suggest we book 6 sessions to start with but if you feel I am not the 'right' person for you, do not give up hope. We can try and find a better match, as the important thing is to trust your therapist and feel secure enough to say whatever you have suffered or anything that you are experiencing.
PGDip Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling.
I am a medical doctor, MB.BS and worked as a GP for 20 years before becoming specialised in psychiatry. Firstly I worked in Eating Disorders, then Substance Misuse especially for mothers and babies, and lastly Gender Dysphoria. I gained an PG Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (where I watched a baby with his mother every week for two years and a toddler in nursery every week for one year). Because of my interest in alternatives to medical treatment, I retrained as a psychotherapist, obtaining an MSc in the Person- Centred Approach to Psychotherapy and Counselling.
I am now UKCP registered (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and an accredited member of the UKAHPP (United Kingdom Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners).